Duckwall Mountain Lookout
US 1190, CA 121

Photo courtesy of Bill Luedeke

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1190, CA 121 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered April 24, 2017
Nominated by Bill Luedeke
Location Stanislaus National Forest
Tuolumne County, California
Coordinates N 37° 58.121' W 120° 07.189' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 58' 07" W 120° 07' 11"
N 37.968690° W 120.119821°
Elevation 5,835 ft (1,779 m)
Built 1935
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


This 100' steel tower with a 7'x7' cab was built by CCC workers in 1935. A BC-2 residence, still in use, is located next to the tower. The lookout is still used during emergencies.


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1932 - courtesy of Stanislaus National Forest Archive

Photo courtesy of USFS Image - Mark Swift Collection

Visit Reports

January 4, 2019: Darin McKinney


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: Lookout is abandoned and unsafe. No longer used for fire detection purposes. Residence has been severely vandalized and burned.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Unsure

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Access is gated. Only USFS and representatives of the various repeaters sites are allowed.


Staffed? No
Lookout has not been staffed for over a decade. Will not be rebuilt due to its historical status.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No